Valentino and Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli Part Ways

Luxury fashion house Valentino and Pierpaolo Piccioli have announced their joint decision to end their collaboration.

“Since 2016, Piccioli, in the role of creative director, has significantly influenced the path of the Maison with his vision, dedication and innovative spirit, influencing a crucial chapter in the history of the company,” said the company in a statement.

Piccioli joined the company 25 years ago and was appointed creative director of the luxury fashion house in 2016. During his tenure, he dressed stars like Florence Pugh and Rihanna for the Met Gala and Zendaya, Emily Blunt and Carey Mulligan for the Academy Awards. He also became known for the bright hue he nicknamed PP Pink, which became a phenomenon and part of the rage for the Barbiecore shade.

“I am grateful to Pierpaolo for his role as creative director and for his vision, commitment and creativity that have led the Valentino Maison to what it represents today,” said Jacopo Venturini, CEO of Valentino in a statement. Added chairman Rachid Mohamed Rachid, “We extend our deepest thanks to Pierpaolo for writing an important chapter in the history of the Valentino Maison. His contribution over the past 25 years will leave an indelible mark.”

Piccioli said of his departure that, “Not all stories have a beginning and an end. Some live a kind of eternal present that shines with a bright light, so strong that it leaves no shadows. I have been in this company for 25 years, and for 25 years I have existed and lived together with the people with whom I have woven the threads of these beautiful stories that are mine and ours. Everything has existed and exists because of the people I have known, with whom I have worked, with whom I have shared dreams and created beauty, with whom I have built something that belongs to everyone, and which remains immutable and tangible. This heritage of love, dreams, beauty and humanity, I carry with me, today and forever.”

“This is the beauty that we have created, it is life, hope, opportunity and gratitude, it is my people, my heart, it is the love that gives you all the possibilities in the world, especially those that alone you could not imagine ,” continued Piccioli. “Thank you to every single person who has made this possible in one way or another, it has been a privilege and an honor to share my journey, and my dreams, with you. And thank you to Mr. Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti who delivered theirs to me.”

A model walks the runway during the Valentino Womenswear Fall/Winter 2022-2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 6, 2022 in Paris, France.

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Piccioli’s most recent runway show left behind pink shades in favor of a presentation of clothes in varying tones of black.

A new creative organization for the luxury fashion house will be announced soon. Valentino is owned by investment group Mayhoola; in 2023, Kering fashion group took a 30 percent stake in the label.